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C++ base class calling method in derived class

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Hi all I'm having trouble compiling this code:
#include <iostream>

class Animal {
public:
	Animal() {
		makeSound();
	};
	virtual void makeSound() = 0;
};

class Lion : public Animal {
public:
	virtual void makeSound() {
		std::cout << "roar!";
	};
};

int main() {
	new Lion();
	return 0;
}
Compiler says:
Quote:
error: abstract 'virtual void Animal::makeSound()' called from constructor
I guess the problem lies in how objects are created -- from the bottom and up (?). So when the Animal constructor gets called, makeSound in Lion isn't defined yet. This is a pattern I'm used to from Java, and as I'm a bit new to C++ I'd be glad if someone could tell me about the best alternative. Is there a way for a base class to call a method defined in a subclass? Thanks in advance!

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Guest Anonymous Poster
Sometimes a separate initialize method is necessary...


#include <iostream>

class Animal {
public:
Animal() {
}

virtual void initialize() {
std::cout << "Initialize Lion\n";
makeSound();
}

virtual void makeSound() = 0;
};

class Lion : public Animal {
public:
Lion() {
}

virtual void initialize() {
Lion::initialize(); // initialize parent
std::cout << "Initialize Lion\n";
makeSound();
}

virtual void makeSound() {
std::cout << "roar!\n";
};
};

int main() {
new Lion();
return 0;
}



--StevenAshley

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Guest Anonymous Poster
Just make sure you initialize it ;)


int main() {
Lion * lion = new Lion();
lion->initialize();
delete lion;
return 0;
}

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